Monday, 2 July 2012

Les Halles, Paris

Les Halles is an area of Paris, France, located in the 1er arrondissement, just south of the fashionable rue Montorgueil. It is named after the large central wholesale marketplace, which was demolished in 1971, to be replaced with an underground modern shopping precinct, the Forum des Halles.Read more on Wikipedia

Lowry refers to the market in his film script for Fitzgerald's novel; "Rosemary: Dick's seeing Nicole home and is going to meet us at Les Halles. He said you'd insist on going to Les Halles anyway." and  "fade in to Les Halles, the market, with its loaded stalls of fruit and flowers, in the early dawn, Rosemary, Clay and Abe eating onion soup and drinking coffee in one of the fruit merchant's bars.There is the thunder of  hooves on the cobble outside." (The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: a scholarly edition of Lowry's "Tender is the Night" Edited by Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen Pg. 83); and "Dissolve to Dick still walking in the dawn, through Les Halles, half dead with despair and fatigue, amid the beautiful bustle of life and energy around him." (Pg. 208).

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